Theme to “Veganize” meals for weight loss is picking up steam.

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Mission: Get Healthy, News | 0 comments

Theme to “Veganize” meals for weight loss is picking up steam.

I caught a quick segment on the Today Show (with Anne Curry) while getting ready for work today and found the corresponding article that I wanted to share. Cynthia has 7 easy steps to help with your weight loss goals and I was excited that one of them was about the benefits of veganizing a few meals each week…

I love seeing the concept of veganizing some meals to help with ones overall nutrition even if they would like to maintain a normal, non-labeled, animal eating diet. Check out my recipes for tips on making these veganish meals for you and your family!

Below is her tip excerpted from the READ FULL STORY:
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Makeover Your Diet with These 7 Tips… Full Article

By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Step 5: Veganize Some of Your Meals

Studies have found an increase in calorie burning after vegan meals, which may be one reason why an Oxford University study of nearly 38,000 adults found that meat-eaters had the highest BMIs for their ages and vegans the lowest, with vegetarians and semi-vegetarians in between. You don’t have to become vegan, just replace animal-based proteins for plant-based proteins at least five times a week. You don’t even need to use fake meats—just trade meat, poultry or seafood with beans or lentils; swap eggs for tofu; and trade butter and creamy sauces for rich plant-based foods like coconut oil, tahini, pesto, olive tapenade, and avocado. For example:

Make a taco salad with mixed greens tossed with pico de gallo topped with roasted corn, black beans and fresh guacamole

Instead of scrambling eggs, use crumbled extra firm organic tofu

Replace ranch dressing with tahini sauce to serve with fresh veggies

Rather than cheese and crackers, serve crackers with olive tapenade and pestos made without cheese

Instead of spreading bread or toast with butter, use ripe avocado

Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she’s a SHAPE contributing editor and nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Her latest New York Times best seller is Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.

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